One sub-genre of the romance novel that continuous to be popular is the historical romance. As the name suggests, this particular sub-genre consists of romantic stories set in a bygone era, usually before World War II. They could be set anytime from the Dark Ages where Nordic hunks had their hearts captured by equally attractive heroines, to blazing hot romances set against the Old West. They could also be set in the Victorian period along the same vein as Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, or be Pirate-themed romances set throughout the Seven Seas.
Many historical romance authors have come up with new and inventive ways to redefine the genre with newer themes. They have amassed a huge following with several readers eagerly awaiting the release of the latest novel from their favorite authors. Some have even formed companies that specifically focus on the historical romance genre.
The primary appeal of this particular genre is the pure indulgence of it. People can get lost in an era when chivalry is not dead and imagine how things could've been. It's the type of experience that you cannot get from simply watching films since it is your imagination that is creating the scenes for you. You can get lost in your own fantasy world set against a very real time period.
The best historical romance novels are, and will always be, about the redeeming power of love. It's a nice form of escapism that doesn't harm anyone. You just sit back and enjoy it for what it is; enjoy the riveting and passionate love stories and indulge in the pure and unpretentious nature of these novels.
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